Polymers and soft materials news, November 2020

Researchers have developed a new way of making strong, supple composite polymers that closely mimic materials found in the natural world.

Researchers have developed a high-throughput method for analyzing the interactions between polymers and virus-like particles.

Improving bioelectronics with Nafion films

Bio-based, luminescent, water-resistant wood film for lighting

Environmentally friendly use of mussel shell waste with interesting properties

lateral interactions at different scales determine the performance of polymers fibers in composites

A two-layer material comprising an upper layer of aerogel and a bottom layer of hydrogel makes an effective system for passive cooling.

Researchers have developed a biomaterial for treating wounds that reduces scar formation by triggering an adaptive immune response.

Scientists have discovered that treating the hard calcium carbonate in mussel shells with acetic acid turns it into a soft, spongey material.

New flexible, large-area organic photodiodes can detect as little as a few hundred thousand photons of visible light every second.

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